We understand during this uncertain and difficult time, that many families will be unable to celebrate the life of their loved ones in a manner they are typically accustomed to. At the Holt Funeral Home, we believe in the importance of a meaningful funeral service. With limitations on gatherings, we are now offering live streaming services at no extra cost so that we can help to include those who would not be able to participate otherwise. These streams will also be posted online for families to share with those who could not be in attendance. While we realize that this does not replace conventional services, we hope that it will allow the families and friends to honor their loved one and begin the grieving process.
Our aim is to be of genuine assistance to every family we serve, and to be a compassionate resource throughout life's journey.
Take time to review the pages of our website. Integrity, attention to detail, and quality service have always been our top priorities when dealing with the families we serve. We are here to assist you with the preplanning of a funeral, or planning of a service to celebrate the life of a loved one.
Losing someone you love – whether expected or unexpected – is extremely hard and incredibly sad. The staff at Holt Funeral Home (“HFH”) understand the human emotions at play and consistently demonstrate their compassion, flexibility, and empathy from start to finish. My sister and I met with Chris in 2019 to set up trusts for our mom and dad; we talked about the various components of their arrangements as there’s quite a bit of thought, detail, and decision-making required. I remember shedding tears during the process as the thought of losing my parents was unimaginable; Chris was very understanding, kind, and encouraging. When we left, our spirits were uplifted as Chris accommodated our special requests with ease. We felt good about the plans we had made together, and when the time came, we knew we would not be starting at the very beginning, and that some of the hard parts were behind us. My father’s health started to decline on June 28th to the point where we knew his death was imminent. We contacted Chris as we had previously discussed engraving my father’s casket. All along the way, Chris was very responsive and proactive; he confirmed the size of the engraving, allowed us to select the font, and sent us pictures of the finished product – which was beautiful. Unbeknownst to us, Chris picked up on a detail regarding the placement of the engraving in that the spray of flowers on top of the casket would have covered it. Chris had a new casket engraved as the first simply did not meet his expectations. His attention to detail is second to none.Our father passed away at home on July 9, 2020 after fighting the good fight with numerous health issues. HFH treats the deceased with great care and respect. Unlike other funeral homes, HFH sends out two men to pick up the body (we had also confirmed this during our initial meeting). Additionally, we were greeted by the HFH’s owner, Cindy, who expressed her deepest sympathies and condolences (we live approximately 1 hours distances away).She allowed us additional time to say goodbye to our father and after his body had been removed out of our home, she met with us to share what to expect next, as well as address any questions we had at that time.She provided her cell number to us and encouraged the family to reach out should we need to do so. Her gesture was appreciated – it was truly a special and personal touch that did not go unnoticed. Over the next couple of days, we worked with Chris and many of the HFH staff to prepare for and finalize calling hours and the memorial service. We had many questions regarding protocol for each event as COVID-19 is very real – we wanted to understand the safety precautions in place to keep family and friends safe. HFH was very patient in addressing all of our questions and concerns related to this matter and they have adapted extremely well in this environment. For example, while we had a memorial service inside a church following best practices and social distancing guidelines, HFH video-streamed the funeral for those who had health concerns of their own or were out of state and unable to travel. While we had already made many decisions, there was still quite a bit to do. Chris identified for us the most pressing tasks in the order of importance and shared with us where there was flexibility to customize and add our personal touch. Chris provided us with a draft of the obituary – a good starting point for us to further enhance and refine. We completely customized our own prayer card - we submitted a picture of one of my father’s paintings. Anne of HFH was very accommodating as we went through several rounds of edits. Chris also encouraged us to bring in the painting as he had the perfect place to hang it in the funeral home. As soon as our guests arrived and walked through the door, it was the first thing they saw. HFH also worked with a 3rd party to create a DVD – we were to provide 40 pictures and 2 songs. We provided close to 65 pictures and 3 songs; the DVD was, and still is, a huge hit! The day of the memorial service there were 5-6 staff on hand. Not one detail was forgotten – with organizing the cars in proper order to leave for the cemetery, to beautifully arranging the flowers and casket in the front of the church, to allowing my sister and me to be with dad while they closed the casket for the final time, to planning out the route of the church to the cemetery (bridges were closed and under construction) and keeping the procession all together, to staying at the burial site until our dad was officially laid to rest. Honestly, the day was flawless; it was beautiful; and it was the perfect celebration of life. Our family could not be more pleased with the services provided by HFH – they are a thoughtful, compassionate and empathetic team. They are easy to communicate with – whether it be in person, via email, text, or telephone and are super responsive and helpful. HFH was sensitive to our questions regarding health and safety as well as our emotional well-being. The staff was prepared in doing the heavy lifting, always got us started and focused on the most pressing tasks first, were extremely flexible and accommodating, and simply supported us all along the way. Last, the staff handled our father’s body with care, dignity and respect –the proper way to treat others, whether deceased or alive. We recommend HFH without reservation and are truly thankful to the staff for helping us get through this difficult time. The Jeffrey & Gaouette Family